Pre-Budget Submisson 2012
One Family’s Pre-Budget Submission to the Department of Social Protection
Submission to: Department of Social and Family Affairs
Pre-Budget Submisson 2011
One Family is again framing its submission in a way that takes account of the serious economic downturn currently being experienced in the economy and in recognition that, while short term financial problems must be a key concern, The Department of Social Protection, supported by other Departments, should:
- Base all decisions on the premise of not increasing poverty among one-parent families
- Develop and implement a coherent strategy to reduce child poverty which is strongly and increasingly concentrated in one-parent families
- Ensure that proven supports to assist lone parents to secure and/or progress into employment, education and skill development pioneered to date by FAS and the Department of Social Protection in partnership with One Family are maintained and built on
- Ensure that existing supports to assist families going through crisis pregnancy, marriage and relationship breakdown and new family formations are not dismantled
- Build on positive supports for families and children already in place, e.g the universal free preschool year.
Pre-Budget Submission 2010
The 2010 pre-budget report has framed its submission around the economic downturn. One-parent families are facing increased financial and other pressures due to the cutbacks already imposed by Government in the earlier budget in 2009 and in the 2008 budget. These cutbacks already seriously affecting one-parent families include:
- Reductions in Rent Supplement and increases in rent contribution required by the tenant
- Removal and reductions in payments for children – removal of the Early Child Care Supplement and Child Benefits cuts for 18 year olds
- Removal of the Christmas bonus for those on welfare
- Exclusion of those on the One-Parent Family Payment from many of the new training and education initiatives introduced by FAS
- Cutbacks in education grants – often in the middle of courses
- Cutbacks in support for schools and for school children in low income families.
Pre-Budget Report 2009
This report has framed its submission in a way that takes account of the serious economic downturn currently being experienced in the economy and of the expectation, as forecast by the ERSI in its latest Medium Term Review, that the economy will soor return to a long-term growth path.
Pre-Budget Submission 2008
This report has framed its submission around the 3 main areas indentified in the National Economic and Social Council report on the Development Welfare state (NESC Report No. 113. May 2005)
These areas are
- Income Adequacy
Pre-Budget Submission 2007
One Family welcomes this opportunity to submit our pre-Budget submission to the Department of Social and Family Affairs. This year we are framing our submission around the ten areas that we believe are vital to addressing the inequalities experienced by one-parent families in Ireland today.